The artistic crime of the century – Phillippe Petit

Philippe Petit

Who says goals can only be linked with academics. Phillippe Petit who has been kicked out of 5 schools by the age of 18, named as the French daredevil for his passion for the high wire.

Identified: At the age of 16 he found his passion for high wire. And at the age of 18, while waiting in a dentist’s office in Paris with a toothache, he came across an article about the twin towers, along with an illustration of the project in model form. Suddenly, a daring, almost inconceivable thought came into his head and, A Dream is born, he ripped the page and left the dentist’s office extending his dental pain for several more days. There he set his bucket list.

“But what was it to have a toothache for another week,” he later recalled, “when what I had now in my chest was a dream?”

 Planned: For the next 6 years Phillippe patiently nurtured his dream, perfecting his skills as a high-wire artist, to get closer to his dream; in 1973 he travelled to New York City, spent months studying the World Trade Center’s twin towers. To visit the site, Petit assumed a number of disguises, including being a reporter and a construction worker. He took photographs and made measurements. After months of scouting the towers, on August 6th evening he set to work. It took him and his friends all night to complete the rigging, securing the steel cable a quarter of a mile in the sky across the 130-foot gap separating the towers.

Wall Street was just beginning to come to life when, at a little past seven on the morning of August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped onto the wire 1300 feet above a gasping, mesmerized crowd, determined to scale new heights.

But as he looks back on the one feat that remains his hallmark, he says a particular thought never crossed his mind: to call it quits.

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But as he looks back on the one feat that remains his hallmark, he says a particular thought never crossed his mind: to call it quits.

Executed:

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” THE CLIMB IS TOUGH BUT THE VIEW FROM THE TOP IS WORTH IT “

If any of you had the view you see even with your open eyes, please write to us …

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